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CARTWRIGHT KING HAS YOUNG SOLICITOR OF THE YEAR

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands law firm Cartwright King are celebrating after one of their lawyers won the Young Solicitor of the Year award at this year’s Nottingham Law Society annual dinner.

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CARTWRIGHT KING EXPAND TEAM

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King has made another addition to its Nottingham office.

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NEWLY QUALIFIED SOLICITOR FOR CARTWRIGHT KING

April 2010. Press Releases by Cartwright King (view listing).

Leading Midlands niche criminal and business defence specialist Cartwright King now has another qualified solicitor within the firm.

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IMS Health

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On February 26, 2010, IMS Health, the world’s leading provider of market intelli-gence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, announced completion of its acquisition by entities created by certain affiliates of TPG Capital, L.P. and the CPP Investment Board.

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SCWP boosts its team

April 2010. Press Releases by Saxinger Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwäl (view listing).

Heidi is a highly recognized and established lawyer in Graz. Her main focus is in property law, common contract law, warranties and divorces

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Carey Olsen advises MeesPierson on its debut Guernsey Fund

April 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Lawyers from Guernsey law firm Carey Olsen have advised MeesPierson Asset Management (CI) Limited on the launch of The Diversified Opportunities Fund, the first fund to be launched by the offshore arm of the asset management company.

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen Refines its Visual Identity with Grapefruit Support

April 2010. Press Releases by Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen (view listing).

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen Finalizes the Strategic Repositioning of its Brand and Refines its Visual Identity with Grapefruit Support.

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OC Oerlikon Corporation: Financial Restructuring

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 1, 2010, OC Oerlikon Corporation announced that it has reached agreement with its Bank Lenders and main shareholder Renova regarding a comprehensive financial restructuring of the company. The company expects to implement the agreed restructuring, which includes a CHF 1 bn rights offering, in the first half of 2010.

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Siegfried Holding Ltd: Launch of Mandatory Convertible Notes and Change in Shareholder Structure

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 19, 2010, Siegfried Holding Ltd, a leading international supplier and services provider to the pharmaceutical industry, launched its previously an-nounced CHF 80m 5 % Mandatory Convertible Notes due 2011 (MCN), allocat-ing advance subscription rights to its existing shareholders. Bank Vontobel AG is acting as Lead Manager with no underwriting commitment. Certain investors in-cluding Rainer-Marc Frey, SE Swiss Equities and Thomas Schmidheiny have provided certain backstop underwriting commitments and | or as of April 15, 2010 have acquired the 32 % stake in the company previously held by Camellia plc.

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INTEGRITES ACTS AS ATTORNEY OF BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL ON THE CIS MARKET

April 2010. Press Releases by Integrites Group (view listing).

22 March 2010. Kyiv. Integrites International law firm acts as attorney in a dispute settlement for BLOOMBERG Professional, one of the world leaders in the field of information supply to key-players of the financial markets.

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‘2010 - the private realm will start seeing positive developments’

April 2010. Press Releases by Popovici Nitu & Asociatii (view listing).

Interview with FLORIAN NITU, Managing Partner of Popovici Nitu & Asociatii.

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Merger for a Litigation Powerhouse

April 2010. Press Releases by Popovici Nitu & Asociatii (view listing).

Danescu & Asociatii merged into Popovici Nitu & Asociatii to help create one of the strongest litigation practices in Romania.

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Ciprian Donţu and Alexandru Ambrozie – new partners with POPOVICI NIŢU & ASOCIAŢII

April 2010. Press Releases by Popovici Nitu & Asociatii (view listing).

POPOVICI NIŢU & ASOCIAŢII has announced today the appointment of two new partners - Ciprian Donţu and Alexandru Ambrozie.

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Munich Re reduces stake in Helvetia

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 13, 2010, Munich Re announced that it reduced its stake in Helvetia Holding AG, the St. Gallen (Switzerland) based insurance company, from 8.16% to below 3%.

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EUR 1.25 bn Issuance under the UBS Covered Bond Programme

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

On April 8, 2010, UBS closed its fourth issuance under its Covered Bond Pro-gramme established in September 2009. EUR 1.25 bn of Covered Bonds with a 12 years maturity were issued by UBS AG, London Branch and are guaranteed by UBS Hypotheken AG. The Covered Bonds issued under the Programme are indirectly backed by a portfolio of mortgages from UBS AG's domestic mortgage pool.

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Horizon - Nitec

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

April 2010. The two biopharmaceutical companies Horizon Therapeutics Inc., IL, USA, and Nitec Pharma AG, Reinach, Switzerland, announced their combination in an all-share transaction. The combined company also completed a concurrent preferred stock financing in conjunction with the transaction. The combined company will be named Horizon Pharma, Inc., and will be led by Timothy P. Walbert, previously president and chief executive of Horizon Therapeutics.

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International law firm Harneys adds Cyprus office

April 2010. Press Releases by Harney Westwood & Riegels (view listing).

9 April 2010 - International offshore law firm Harney Westwood & Riegels has formally introduced its new Cyprus office, the latest addition to the firm’s growing international network.

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Ogier is nominated Offshore Law Firm of the year finalist by ALB China

April 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

We are pleased to announce that Ogier has been nominated as a finalist for the award category Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2010 by ALB China.

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Leading Private Wealth Partner Joins Ogier

April 2010. Press Releases by Ogier (view listing).

Ogier is delighted to announce the appointment of Zac Lucas as a Partner in the firm's BVI office.

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Markus Schott appointed senior lecturer (Privatdozent) at the University of Zurich

April 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Bär & Karrer is pleased to announce that associate Markus Schott has been appointed senior lecturer (Privatdozent) of public law and european law at the University of Zurich.

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Remo Stoffel acquires Bauengineering and Swissbuilding

April 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

XO Holding AG which is held by the real estate entrepreneur Remo Stoffel announced the acquisition of the general contractor company Bauengineering and the project development firm Swissbuilding in St. Gall from its previous owner Peter Mettler. By acquiring these firms Remo Stoffel will form an integral real estate group in Switzerland comprising the newly acquired firms, as well as Avireal AG and Winsto AG. The group will be active in general contracting and total contracting, facility management and investments in real estate.

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Intertek Group plc acquires Ciba Expert Services from BASF SE

April 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Intertek Group plc has acquired a business unit of CIBA AG, Ciba Expert Services, and the companies Cantox Health Sciences Inc. and Cantox U.S. Inc. from BASF SE by way of a share and asset deal. Intertek Group plc offers a wide range of quality and safety services and employs more than 25'000 people in 1'000 locations in over 100 countries. Through this transaction, Intertek Group plc is strengthening its position in the mentioned sectors.

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Oji Paper sells Ilford Imaging

April 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

The Japanese paper group Oji Paper announced the sale of the global imaging manufacturer, Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH, to the British financial investor Paradigm Global Partners. Recognising the assets that llford has to offer, including its capability for developing leading edge technology, its state of the art manufacturing facility and its world-renowned brand, Paradigm believes there is scope for significant future growth and value creation.

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OC Oerlikon Restructuring

April 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

In Switzerland's most prominent restructuring deal, OC Oerlikon Corporation announced on 1 April 2010 that it has reached agreement with its largest shareholder Renova (holding a 45% equity stake) and the lenders of the CHF 2.5 billion syndicated loan facilities on a comprehensive financial restructuring of Oerlikon. The agreed restructuring package, which includes a CHF 1000 million rights offering, will be implemented in the first half of 2010. Renova has agreed to inject CHF 450m in the share capital increase, while the group's lenders will waive some of the debt, enter into a new facility agreement, and swap debt for equity as part of the restructuring plan.

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Deutsche Telekom AG acquires ClickandBuy

April 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

The internet payment service provider ClickandBuy, one of the leading payment services in the internet, has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. Deutsche Telekom held, via its venture capital arm, a minority participation in ClickandBuy since 2006. Deutsche Telekom AG has now acquired all outstanding shares in the internet payment service provider ClickandBuy. The share purchase agreement was signed on 23 March 2010 and the transaction was closed on 1 April 2010.

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Dufry South America Ltd. merges with Dufry AG

April 2010. Press Releases by Bär & Karrer (view listing).

Dufry South America Ltd., a Bermudan company listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and on Bolsa de Valores, Mercadorias & Futuros de São Paulo (BM&FBOVESPA) and majority-owned by Dufry AG, listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, merged and amalgamated with and into Dufry Holdings & Investments AG, a wholly-owned Swiss subsidiary of Dufry AG, in a cross-border triangular merger under Swiss and Bermudan law. As a merger consideration, the former minority shareholders of Dufry South America Ltd. have received shares of Dufry AG. The deal value amounts to approximately CHF 795 million.

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Hengeler Mueller advises First Solar on sale of world's third largest photovoltaic power plant

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

The solar module manufacturer First Solar and the German project developer juwi have sold the world's third largest photovoltaic power plant (output: 53 MWp) in Turnow-Preilack (Brandenburg) that both had previously constructed as part of a joint venture.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Diagnostica Stago on acquisition of Trinity Biotech's coagulation business

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Diagnostica Stago, the French-based manufacturer and distributor of medical diagnostic products, has reached an agreement with the Irish company Trinity Biotech on the acquisition of its coagulation business.

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Harrak v Secretary of State for the Home Department CO/13408/2009

April 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

The High Court has held that a man held in immigration detention for 40 months was unlawful detained.

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Rashid Hajili Wins the Bindmans Law and Campaigning Award

April 2010. Press Releases by Bindmans LLP (view listing).

2010 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award Recipients Announced

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Advokatfirman Delphi lead counsel to Sahlgrenska Science Park in co-investment with SEED Capital

April 2010. Press Releases by Delphi (view listing).

Sahlgrenska Science Park has completed a VC-investment in Observe Medical together with its initial founders as well as Danish investors SEED Capital. Advokatfirman Delphi has been lead counsel through Olof Myhrman, responsible partner and Kristina Nilsson, associate.

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Avellum Partners advises on the sale of Vik Oil Group to Russian-British TNK-BP

April 2010. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

Kyiv, 29 January 2010 –Avellum Partners acted as a legal advisor to the shareholders of Vik Oil Group on the sale of the Group’s shares in favor of Russian-British company “TNK-BP”. The parties entered into respective agreement at the end of December 2009, while the closing of the transaction is planned for the 1st quarter of 2010.

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Avellum Partners advises a real estate investor on the acquisition of the 50%+1 share in Sky Mall

April 2010. Press Releases by Avellum Partners (view listing).

Kyiv, 7 April 2010 –Avellum Partners acted as legal advisors to the real estate development investor in connection with the acquisition of the 50% + 1 share in Sky Mall, one of the largest shopping and entertainment centers in Kyiv.

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New scheme to help businesses employ top foreign talent

April 2010. Press Releases by Penningtons Solicitors LLP (view listing).

A new initiative has come into force aimed at enabling businesses to attract the best global talent to the UK. Developed and operated by GTI Recruiting Solutions, on advice from Penningtons Solicitors LLP's immigration team, the scheme is backed by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and regulated by the UK Border Agency.

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Hardman Investments Unit Trust

April 2010. Press Releases by Mourant Ozannes (view listing).

Ben Robins and Sophie Travis advised Aerium in relation to the acquisition of an office block in Hardman Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, for £183.5 million.

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Homburger wins three IFLR awards

April 2010. Press Releases by Homburger (view listing).

Homburger has followed last years' success at the IFLR Awards by winning three trophies at the IFLR Awards ceremonies 2010.

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Wistrand förstärker fastighetsgruppen i Göteborg

April 2010. Press Releases by Wistrand (view listing).

Wistrand har rekryterat advokat Lars Gahnström till Göteborgskontorets fastighetsgrupp. Lars kommer närmast från Mannheimer Swartling där han arbetat med fastighetsjuridik innefattande transaktioner, projekt, hyresfrågor och fastighetsbildning i fem år.

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Three new lawyers to strengthen Setterwalls' environment group

April 2010. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

Setterwalls is strengthening its position in environmental law in its recruitment of Anders Linnerborg, one of Sweden's leading lawyers in the field and two associates. These new hires reflect the increased importance of the environmental dimension in an ever-growing number of areas in the business world.

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Ramirent strengthens its position in Sweden

April 2010. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

Setterwalls has acted as legal advisor to Ramirent AB, the Swedish wholly-owned subsidiary of Ramirent Plc, in the acquisition of the rental equipment company Hyrmaskiner i Gävle AB, including its subsidiaries Hyrmaskiner i Mora AB and Hyrmaskiner i Falun AB, operating in Gävleborg and Dalarna under the brand Tidermans Hyrmaskiner. The company's sales amounted to about 7 EUR million annually. The acquisition strengthens Ramirent's presence in the middle of Sweden.

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Setterwalls advise on listing of Arise

April 2010. Press Releases by Setterwalls (view listing).

Setterwalls has advised Arise Windpower AB (publ) in connection with the listing on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm. Arise is the first Swedish listing on the main OMX list since the start of the financial crisis. In connection with the listing an oversubscribed issue of approximately MSEK 550 is made, exclusive of the over-allotment option. The market value at the listing a total market value SEK 1.75 billion. Several well-reputed institutional investors are among the owners, e.g. Nordea and Third Swedish National Pension Fund.

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Hamilton biträdde styrelsen i Rörvik Timber vid upprättande av prospekt

April 2010. Press Releases by Hamilton Advokatbyra (view listing).

Advokat Johan Nordenfalk biträdde styrelsen i Rörvik Timber AB, noterat på Nasdaq OMX Stockholm, i samband med upprättande av prospekt med anledning av bolagets företrädesemission om 250 Mkr.

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Represents Carnegie and Jefferies in connection with Medivir’s rights offering

April 2010. Press Releases by Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå (view listing).

The pharmaceutical company Medivir AB (publ) on 29 March 2010 announced a rights offering of approximately MSEK 300.

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New lawyer at Gärde Wesslau

April 2010. Press Releases by Gärde Wesslau Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Sandra Kristensen is a new lawyer at Gärde Wesslau, Borås.

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Hammarskiöld & Co advisor to Landic Property VI AB

April 2010. Press Releases by Hammarskiöld & Co (view listing).

Hammarskiöld & Co advisor to Landic Property VI AB in its appr. SEK 2.3 billion divestment of a Swedish real estate portfolio to Hemfosa

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bpv GRIGORESCU represents EvoBus and BRD Sogelease

April 2010. Press Releases by bpv GRIGORESCU (view listing).

bpv GRIGORESCU represents EvoBus and BRD Sogelease in successfully overturning a decision by the National Council for Solving Complaints on Timisoara bus tender.

 

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Channel Island's legal leaders are recognised in global directory

April 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

The Chambers Global directory for 2010, has acknowledged Carey Olsen's expertise through the recognition of its people. It praised Carey Olsen’s “focus on the Channel Islands” and the strength in depth across the firm’s offices in Jersey, Guernsey and London.

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Carey Olsen training event outlines directors’ duties

April 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

A major training event which was hosted by Carey Olsen on the duties of directors attracted over 200 delegates to St James on Tuesday 20 April.

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Chiomenti Studio Legale appoints two new equity partners

April 2010. Press Releases by Chiomenti Studio Legale (view listing).

The partners meeting of the Firm, held in Rome on March 27, 2010, has appointed Massimiliano Nitti and Silvio Martuccelli as new equity partners, effective as of 1 January 2010.

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Hengeler Mueller advises Fresenius on change of legal form into SE & Co. KGaA

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On March 30, 2010, the management and supervisory boards of Fresenius SE resolved to propose at its annual general meeting on May 12, 2010 the conversion of all preference shares into ordinary shares in combination with a change of the company's legal form into a partnership limited by shares - Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien (KGaA).

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Hengeler Mueller advises Merck on bond issue

April 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

Hengeler Mueller was counsel to Merck KGaA on the issue of EUR 3.2 billion bearer bonds (in three tranches).

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